The Bridge from Me to You - Lisa Schroeder
The Bridge from Me to You was a surprisingly adorable read! It’s written from the perspective of high school seniors Lauren, whose entries are written in verse, and Colby, written in prose. As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a huge fan of the verse novels, but alternating between styles like that made it much more bearable. The contrast between the two characters’ voices was much more pronounced. I began to think of Lauren as light and airy, or flowy like her verse, and Colby as more rational and focused. There were even a few of Lauren’s chapters written in prose, for significant reasons. This may be the first time I’ve ever felt that the style contributed to the story instead of just being unnecessarily added. That said, it wasn’t something I picked up on from the beginning, but it’ll add to the experience of a re-read.
It started out a little slow. The plotline was very familiar and my initial comments were skeptical, but the story veered away from a lot of the problems I predicted and took a very novel approach to most YA “chick lit”, including others by Lisa Schroeder, herself. I started to get excited about this novel when romance and hooking up took a backseat to true friendship—being there for someone, supporting their decisions and encouraging them for the future, and being a good listener— it wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t the entire book, it still falls into the canon and there are no big shockers about the story, but I am really excited about a market where our teenagers are reading about friendships and relationships like the ones here.
She took a classic small town story and made it interesting, endearing, and a story of hope and friendship. I loved it and I recommend it to everyone.
(To read the full review which contains spoilers, check out my Goodreads.)